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UNC Chapel Hill: Occupational Therapy

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Program: 24 months (5 semesters consisting of 63 credit hours), admits 23-24 students, and starts in August.

Application: Deadline is 1st Tuesday in December. An interview for those accepted to the second phase. 

In-State Tuition (total): $37,774.32. This does not include additional costs/fees.

Admission Info:

  • GPA: 3.6 and above is typical of accepted students
  • GRE Scores: 60th percentile for Quantitative section, 77th percentile for Verbal section, and 4 or higher for writing sections is average scores for accepted students
  • Observation Hours: Not a specific amount but must have observation experience with OT
  • Three letters of recommendation. 

Program Highlights:

Focus on all different types of OT, faculty have researched or taught in a variety of areas, focus on community service, no distinctions are made based on demographics - just strength of application


There are total prerequisite courses. Four of these are fixed (core body of knowledge). Three are in categories that allow flexibility in the specific coursework that satisfies the prerequisite (flexible prerequisites). These 7 courses may be taken at accredited universities, colleges or community colleges. Online courses will be accepted from nationally accredited institutions if the course credit is equivalent to that of a typical on-site course. The final prerequisite is an occupation course, which does not have to be taken for credit, but must meet specific criteria.

Timing and Waivers: The 4 fixed prerequisites and the 3 flexible prerequisites MUST have been taken within the 5 years prior to application to the program. The only potential exceptions are for those who work in fields focused on a specific area AND who have taken the coursework in the past (for example, mental health professionals may not have to retake abnormal psychology). Applicants requesting a waiver of the 5-year rule should document their justification and send it via email to  prior to the application deadline, using the form attached here. The Admissions Committee will review waiver requests four times a year, at the end of March, May, August, and October.

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (2 semesters, and including a lab) (UNCW: BIO/L 240 & BIO/L 241 or EXS/L 216 & EXS 217)
  • Statistics (UNCW: STT 210 or STT 215)
  • Abnormal Psychology (UNCW: PSY 247)
  • Human Development and Behavior (UNCW: PSY 223)
  • Social Institutions & Systems
  • Modes of Reasoning
  • Occupation (see UNC-CH website for more information)

UNCW course recommendations: Student must verify the correct coursework needed for each program.